How to Replace a Lost, Damaged, or Stolen Driver’s License in the Philippines


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Losing a driver’s license or getting yours damaged can be a cause of panic.

A lot of individuals are actually clueless about the process of replacing lost or mutilated student permits and driver’s licenses. The process is easy and will only take a few hours.

This short but detailed guide contains all the requirements, fees, procedures, and helpful tips that you should know about when applying for a driver’s license replacement.

Related: How to Apply for a Driver’s License in the Philippines: An Ultimate Guide

 

How to Replace a Lost Student Permit in the Philippines.

You can apply for a Lost Student Permit Replacement at any LTO Licensing Center or District Office that processes Driver’s License transactions.

1. Requirements.

 

2. Fees.

  • Certification Fee – Php 100
  • Duplicate Fee – Php 50
  • Computer Fee – Php 67.63

 

3. Step-by-step Guide.

  1. At the LTO Office, get the Checklist of Requirements and the Driver’s License Application Form from the Customer Service Counter. Take note that you can download the form online and fill it out before going to the LTO office.
  2. Get your queue number and wait for your turn.
  3. Once your number gets called, go to the Evaluator Counter where you’ll submit all the documentary requirements for replacing a lost student permit and they’ll be checked for authenticity and completeness.
  4. Have your picture and signature taken.
  5. Head to the cashier to pay all the necessary fees and get the Official Receipt.
  6. Proceed to the Releasing Counter and present the Official Receipt to claim your student permit. Once you have obtained your student permit replacement, you’ll be asked to write your name, as well as affix your signature, on the Release Form.

 

How to Replace a Lost Professional or Non-Professional Driver’s License in the Philippines.

You can apply for a Lost Driver’s License Replacement at any LTO Licensing Center or District Office that processes Driver’s License transactions.

1. Requirements.

a. Basic Requirements.

b. Additional Requirements.

If the license is due for renewal:

  • Medical examination certificate (online-only/electronically transmitted)

If the license is delinquent*:

  • The applicant will undergo the required examinations.

*A driver’s license becomes delinquent if there’s one or more traffic violations indicated in the license holder’s driving record.

 

2. Fees.

  • Replacement Fee – Php 225
  • Certification Fee – Php 100
  • Clearance Fee – Php 30
  • Duplicate Fee – Php 50
  • Computer Fee – Php 67.63
  • Revision of Records (only applicable to duplicates with revisions)- Php 100

 

3. Step-by-step Guide.

  1. Get your Checklist of Requirements and Driver’s License Application Form from the Customer Service Counter at your preferred LTO Office. You can download the form, print it, and completely fill it out before coming to the LTO office.
  2. Get your queue number and wait for it to be called.
  3. Once your queue number gets called, go to the Evaluator Counter to submit all the needed requirements for replacing a lost driver’s license. The documents will be checked for authenticity and completeness.
  4. Head to the photo-taking/ signature area and wait for your turn.
  5. Head to the cashier and pay all the necessary fees. Don’t forget to get your Official Receipt.
  6. Go to the Releasing Counter and present your Official Receipt so you can claim your new Professional or Non-Professional Driver’s License Card.
  7. Lastly, write your full name and affix your signature on the Release Form.

 

How to Replace a Mutilated or Damaged Driver’s License in the Philippines.

This guide is for applicants whose licenses got badly damaged or torn apart due to various reasons like flooding, fire, and other unfortunate incidents. You can apply for a Replacement of a Mutilated Driver’s License at any LTO Licensing Center or District Office that processes Driver’s License transactions.

 

1. Requirements.

  • Proof of identity
  • Affidavit of Mutilation (must be notarized)
  • Fully accomplished Application form for Driver’s License (ADL)
  • Mutilated driver’s license
  • If the mutilated license is due for renewal: Medical examination certificate (online-only/electronically transmitted)

 

2. Fees.

  • Replacement Fee – Php 225
  • Certification Fee – Php 100
  • Clearance Fee – Php 30
  • Duplicate Fee – Php 50
  • Computer Fee – Php 67.63
  • Revision of Records (only applicable to duplicates with revisions)- Php 100

 

 

3. Step-by-step Guide.

 

  1. Secure a Driver’s License Application Form and Checklist of Requirements for Mutilated Driver’s License Replacement from the Customer Service Counter at your preferred LTO Office. You can download the Application Form online and fully accomplish the form before heading to the LTO office.
  2. Get your number and wait for it to be called.
  3. When your queue number gets called, proceed to the Evaluator Counter to submit all the necessary documents for replacing your mutilated license. The documents will then be checked for authenticity and completeness.
  4. Go to the photo-taking/signature area and wait for your turn.
  5. Go to the cashier and once your number gets called, pay all the required fees and get the Official Receipt.
  6. Proceed to the Releasing Counter and present your Official Receipt. Once you get your new Professional or Non-Professional Driver’s License Card, you’ll be asked to write your name and affix your signature on the Release Form.

 

Tips and Warnings.

  • You can get an Affidavit of Loss from an attorney or lawyer’s office which includes notary public. You have to prepare a valid ID and the reason for loss. An Affidavit of Loss costs around Php 100 to Php 250.
  • If your driver’s license got stolen, it’s advisable that you file a police report for the purpose of protecting yourself from identity theft, thereby preventing your driver’s license from being used for fraud and other crimes.

 

Frequently Asked Questions.

1. Is the process the same for stolen driver’s licenses?

Yes, the same process for the replacement of a lost driver’s license applies to stolen driver’s licenses.

 

2. What if it’s been a few years since I’ve lost my driver’s license?

If it’s been a long time since you’ve lost your driver’s license and it has already expired by the time of application, you should apply for a new one instead.

If you’re unsure about the validity of your lost driver’s license, you can head to the nearest LTO Office and inquire at the Customer Service Counter.

 

About the Author.

Anna Pamela R. Capistrano is an experienced content writer who is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in multimedia studies at the University of the Philippines – Open University. She has been working as a freelance writer for over 6 years and has created a wide range of content for various websites. Aside from writing, she also loves cooking, baking, dancing, and watching K-dramas. As an Aquarius woman, she’s passionate about making the world a better place one step at a time.

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